The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

As written in my recap of the major league game, apparently the Yanks have four “Untouchables” that they are unwilling to include in any major trade: SS Jorge Mateo of Low A Charleston, and three players at AAA SWB: RHP Luis Severino, OF Aaron Judge and 1b/DH Greg Bird.

AAA: SWB lost 3-1, Esmiel Rogers giving up 3 R, 2 ER, in 5 1/3.

AA: Trenton won 3-2. Jaron Long three scoreless IP of relief. Andrew Bailey the save with a scoreless IP. LF Danny Oh got 2 hits and scored 3 runs. 2 RBI for C Eddy Rodriguez.

High A:   tampa split a DH.

Game 1: 6-4 win. CF Dustin Fowler 3 hits, 5 rbi.

Game 2: lost 7-1. Two more hits for Fowler.

A: Charleston lost 5-3 in 15. 2B Leonard Thompson HR, 3 rbi. 3B Isaias Tejeda 3 hits.

Game 98. Yanks open up 7-game lead with a 6-2 win.

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Didi Gregorius drove in four runs with a 2-run HR and a two-run single as the Yanks beat Texas 6-2 on Monday night.

With the win, the Yanks have opened up a seven-game lead in the AL East with a 56-42 record. Meanwhile, a couple of their division opponents made moves. Boston, 13 out now, traded Shane Victorino to the Angels, and Toronto, 7 out, traded Jose Reyes to Colorado for Troy Tulowitzki.

There was news yesterday that the Yankees were interested in Cole Hamels of the Phillies, but the Yanks have four “untouchables” they refuse to trade: RHP Luis Severino, 1B/DH Greg Bird, OF Aaron Judge (all at AAA) and SS Jorge Mateo (at Low A).

In the game, Ivan Nova struggled, giving up two runs in the second, and being in trouble a lot, going just the minimum five for the win, but he did get the win.

Down 2-0 in the third, Gregorius tied the game with a two-run HR (5). Brendan Ryan then tripled and scored on a Chris Young SF to put the Yanks up 3-2.

In the sixth, Alex Rodriguez, celebrating his 40th birthday, homered (24, #678 career) to put the Yanks up 4-2. A-Rod became the fourth player to HR as a teenager and also at 40 or over (Ty Cobb, Rusty Staub, Gary Sheffield).

Gregorius’ two-run single in the seventh accounted for the final margin of 6-2.He had three hits in the game, as did Chase Headley.

Nova (W, 3-3, 3.38) 5 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 walks, 1 HBP, 3 K.
Shreve 2 IP, 0 R, 0H, 1 walk, 4 k. 1.79.
Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K, 1.50
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 1.35

Chris Capuano will make Tuesday’s start to give everyone in the rotation an extra day off.

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB won 2-1. Kyle Davies (7-6, 3.81) 8 IP, 1 R, 2 H. RF Aaron Judge returned after a week off and had two hits.

AA: Trenton was shut out, 8-0. DH Danny Oh, LF Taylor Dugas and 3B Jose Rosario each had two hits. CF Jake Cave is in a slump which has dropped him to .260.

High A: Tampa rained out.

A: Charleston lost 10-2. SS Jorge Mateo got two steals and now has 70 on the season. RF Austin Aune went 3 for 3.

Game 97. Six in Sixth means a 6 1/2 game lead.

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Back in spring training, did you think the first Yankee starter to 10 wins would be Nathan Eovaldi?

But that is what happened Sunday as Eovaldi improved his record to 10-2 when the Yanks beat the Twins 7-2.

The win gives the Yanks a 6 1/2 game lead in the AL East.

Minnesota scored a run in the third but the Yanks tied it up in the fifth on a HR by Chase Headley (9).

The Yanks then exploded for six runs in the sixth. Gardner singled and Teixeria and McCann walked to load the bases with no one out. After Beltran struck out, Jones singled in one and Headley singled in two to make it 4-1. Then, finally, a squeeze play! The Yanks hardly ever do it, but should do it with guys like Didi and Drew. Didi squeezed home a run to make it 5-1, then Drew hit a 2-run HR (13) to make it 7-1.

The Twins got a run in the 8th for the final score of 7-2.

Eovaldi, who hasn’t been going deep into games, went 8 today.

Eovaldi (W, 10-2, 4.27) 8 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 1 walk and 5 K.

Wilson, 0 IP (2 batters) 2 H, 0 walks, 0 K, 2.57.

Betances 1 iP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 1.38.

The Yanks now head down to Texas.

Big pickup for KC today. The defending AL Champs, who have the best record in the AL right now, picked up Johnny Cueto from the Reds. Cueto is one of the best starters in baseball.

The Minors. Lail makes batters flail.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB won 10-2. CF Ben Gamel 2 hits, 3 rbi. LF Jose Pirela 2 hits, HR, 4 rbi. Aaron Judge still out with a day-to-day issue. Bryan Mitchell 5 IP, 2 R.

AA: Trenton won 3-0 on a two-hitter. Brady Lail (6-3, 2.24) went all the way. DH Mark Payton hit a 2-run HR. 3 hits and an RBI for 2B Tony Renda.

High A: Tampa split a DH.

Game 1: 2-0 win. 2 hits and an RBI for Michael O’Neill (Paul’s nephew).

Game 2: 2-1 loss. Two hits for SS Tyler Wade.

A: Charleston won 7-2. CF Slade Heathcott started his rehab and went 0 for 3. DH Jorge Mateo stole his 68th base of the season. 3 hits and an rbi for 1B Leonard Thompson, Three others with two hits and an rbi each.

Game 96. Alex (3 HR) and Murphy spark Yanks to comeback win.

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Down 5-0 after three innings, the Yanks stormed back to defeat the Minnesota Twins 8-5 on Saturday night, getting four in the top of the ninth to cap things off.

The win keeps the Yanks 5 1/2 up in the AL East at 54-42.

Alex Rodriguez became the fifth oldest player to hit three home runs in a game. A-Rod turns 40 on Monday. The oldest was Stan Musial (41 yrs., 229 days) who did it against the 1962 Mets at the old Polo Grounds.

CC Sabathia fell behind 2-0 only five pitches into the game by giving up a single and a HR to the first two batters. He gave up a 3-run HR to Torii Hunter in the third.

Then A-Rod went to work, hitting a bomb for a solo HR in the fourth. The other day at Yankee Stadium, he hit a 453′ HR. Well, this one went into the third deck in LCF at Target Stadium. (Update: the 3 HRs were measured at 452, 422 and 424 feet).

In the seventh, A-Rod cut the Twins’ lead to 5-3 with a two-run HR. The Yanks tacked on another run when Teixeira doubled, moved to third on a line out and scored on a SF by Headley.

Still, the Yanks were down 5-4 entering the top of the ninth when A-Rod did it AGAIN. His third HR of the game, #23 of the season and #677 of his career, was another long HR, this one just to the left of straightaway CF, to tie the game.

Teixeira then singled and Beltran grounded into a force. Headley singled and John Ryan Murphy hit a 3-run HR to make the comeback complete and give the Yanks an 8-5 win. It was the first HR of the year for Murphy.

Sabathia 5 2/3 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 3 walks and 3 K. 5.38
Warren (W, 6-5, 3.51) 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K.
Miller (23rd save) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.57.

Before the game, the Yanks sent Pinder down, brought up Nick Goody, and DFA’d Gregorio Petit.

Elsewhere in baseball, Cole Hamels threw a no-no for the Phillies, and with them needing help as the trade deadline looms, you wonder if Hamels no-no happened in what could be his last Phillies’ game. Ironically, one of the teams looking to trade for him is the team he threw the no-hitter against—-the Cubs.

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: Aaron Judge has been out a week with what is described as a day-to-day issue. SWB won 9-3. Luis Severino improved his AAA record to 6-0, 2.11, even though he gave up 3 runs in 5 IP. He most likely was a bit rusty from the break and having a start skipped because he became a new daddy. Overall, (AA/AAA) the 21-year-old is 8-2, 2.60 in 18 starts this year. DH Ramon Flores, 1B  Kyle Roller and SS Gregorio Petit all drove in two runs. Each of the top four guys in the lineup (CF Ben Gamel, LF Jose Pirela, Flores and 2B Rob Refsnyder) had two hits each.

AA:  Trenton lost 2-1 in 17 innings. Outfielders Taylor Dugas (the losing pitcher) and Danny Oh had to pitch.

High A: Tampa ppd.

A: Charleston won 8-7. LF Griffin Gordon 2 h, 2 rbi. SB #67 SS Jorge Mateo.